Bit and Bobs

I haven’t gotten back into the swing of soap and lotion making just yet.  I am recovering from a very busy time at work this past couple of months.
My big project is now done (hallelujah), but there is no break for me.  It’s right back into the fire with a new project unfortunately.   Project start-ups are just as busy as project implementations unfortunately.  It will likely be several weeks before I can settle into a comfortable cadence and regain some semblance of “normal pace” in my life.

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Hiatus – With Kukicha

Hi!  I have been away for a couple of weeks and thought I would check in.

We are finally executing a major project at work and I have been putting in many, many hours there (about 16 hours per day plus weekends).    I have one more week of this project to go, and then it’s “out of the frying pan, into the fire” into a new project that is just kicking off.   That will also be quite hectic for a few more weeks until I can get all the parts and pieces sorted enough to fall into a manageable cadence.

If I am lucky, I may still get to take vacation in a couple of weeks.  My birthday is coming up and since I didn’t get to take Thanksgiving vacation, I have a week of carry-over to use up.  With the start of a new project,  I am not sure if I will be able to take it or not — but I hope so (although I haven’t even had time to think about a plan for what I would like to do, so I can get any supplies ordered ahead of time).

All these hours of work have left me exhausted and feeling decidedly un-creative.   I have just been taking it easy for the few hours I do get to myself.

Tonight, I am trying to relax, but since I have an early day tomorrow, I didn’t want to relax with a tea containing a lot of caffeine.   I can’t afford to lie awake in bed all night trying to fall asleep.   So I reached for a new (to me) tea called Kukicha.   It has a very low caffeine content and is considered a “winter tea”, so it seemed like a great fit! Continue reading “Hiatus – With Kukicha”

The Fickle Muse

Sadly, another Christmas vacation is now behind me, but what a time I had!    I had two weeks of glorious freedom!  While it did take a little while for me to get my muse focused, it did actually happen — eventually.

For the first week, I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I felt like doing.  It was cold and snowy (I got my wish for a White Christmas!).  I didn’t feel much like making lotion or soap — I just couldn’t get into washing all those dishes and getting wet when it was so cold out.   So I decided to start out with sewing and see if that was what my muse wanted to do.

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Surfactant Experiment #2 – A Shampoo

After my less than successful attempt at trying one of the recipes on the making cosmetics.com site, I decided to test my knowledge (what I have learned so far anyhow) and make my own surfactant based shampoo for my second time around. Continue reading “Surfactant Experiment #2 – A Shampoo”

What a good pH Meter can do for you

Several months ago, I purchased a pH meter from Lotioncrafter.   At the time, I bought it so that I could measure the pH of my lotions to be sure that they were in the “safe” range for leave-on products (between 4 to 6).

Let’s take a look at why I selected this particular meter, how to calibrate and use it, and how it can help to better create and monitor our products.  You may decide you “need” one, or you may decide you can “live without”. Continue reading “What a good pH Meter can do for you”

Santa brought a chemistry set!

Santa brought me a chemistry set this year — stocked full of new and exciting things!  Surfactants!

So what did I do with them?  Well, I managed to not blow up the kitchen, so that was good… but it wasn’t exactly a success on my first rodeo either! Continue reading “Santa brought a chemistry set!”